U-Series International Services, Ltd. v. United States

1995 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16562 (1995)


P is a Nigerian corporation that imports electronics equipment from the United States for resale in Nigeria. Zeev Tambor, doing business as Omega Import & Export, sells electronics equipment in New York. P sent $ 30,000 to Omega for equipment to be shipped to Nigeria. DEA agents searched a cargo container and seized electronics goods worth $64,000, including items owned by P which were destined for Nigeria. A DEA investigation revealed that P and Tambor laundered money for Nigerian drug traffickers. D commenced forfeiture proceedings by mailing a notice of seizure to P. D issued a Declaration of Forfeiture on January 8, 1993. D denied P's petition and a request for reconsideration. P sued Ds alleging Fourth and Fifth Amendment claims against the United States and individual DEA officers, and a breach of contract claim against Zeev Tambor. P seeks to add as a defendant DEA Special Agent Dwayne Dodds in his individual capacity. Ds have moved to dismiss or, in the alternative, for summary judgment.